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The only conviction Sampson has had, according to his lengthy records, is for marijuana possession. His boss describes him as 'a good guy, a humble guy, a quiet guy. He's not a convicted felon.'

Man Arrested for Trespassing 62 Times While Working

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking. No, the guy in this story who was arrested 62 times wasn’t attempting to break into his place of employment each time he was arrested. As absurd as it would sound if that was the case, him being allowed to work at the same establishment would be crazy.

However, even more absurd is the gentleman in this case, Earl Sampson, was stopped by the police a total of 258 times by Miami Gardens police, while working. I know this sounds ridiculously unbelievable, but the truth is that it is true. According to the Miami Herald, the owner of a Quickstop convenience store in Miami Gardens, Florida is about to file a civil rights lawsuit against the boys in blue.

Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years.

He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.

Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana.

The only conviction Sampson has had, according to his lengthy records, is for marijuana possession. His boss describes him as 'a good guy, a humble guy, a quiet guy. He's not a convicted felon.'

The only conviction Sampson has had, according to his lengthy records, is for marijuana possession. His boss describes him as ‘a good guy, a humble guy, a quiet guy. He’s not a convicted felon.’

Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing.

Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens.

But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.

So how can he be trespassing when he works there?

It’s a question the store’s owner, Alex Saleh, 36, has been asking for more than a year as he watched Sampson, his other employees and his customers, day after day, being stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police. Most of them, like Sampson, are poor and black.

And, like Sampson, many of them have been cited for minor infractions, sometimes as often as three times in the same day.

[...] Saleh was so troubled by what he saw that he decided to install video cameras in his store. Not to protect himself from criminals, because he says he has never been robbed. He installed the cameras — 15 of them — he said, to protect him and his customers from police.

[...] The videos show, among other things, cops stopping citizens, questioning them, aggressively searching them and arresting them for trespassing when they have permission to be on the premises; officers conducting searches of Saleh’s business without search warrants or permission; using what appears to be excessive force on subjects who are clearly not resisting arrest and filing inaccurate police reports in connection with the arrests.
[...] Saleh and his attorney, Steve Lopez, are preparing to file a federal civil rights lawsuit, contending that the police department has routinely, under the direction of the city’s top leaders, directed its officers to conduct racial profiling, illegal stops and searches and other activities to cover up illegal misconduct. (Source: Miami Herald)
Once upon a time in America, a black man having a job was encouraged; and in so many ways it still is. As bad as the relationship between police and residents of communities of color has and continues to be. The last thing any brotha or sista needs is to be arrested or harassed by cops while legally trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. But hey, this is America: a country where a person of color is hardly given the benefit of the doubt. But hey, I’m just another racist black guy who complains a lot according to some folks who visit this site.
Earl Sampson, 28, has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years, searched more than 100 times, and jailed 56 times at the store where he works for no reason.

Earl Sampson, 28, has been stopped by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years, searched more than 100 times, and jailed 56 times at the store where he works for no reason.

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Published on: November 26, 2013

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  • Katherine McChesney

    Typical excuse. Another black grievance.

    • http://brothawolf.wordpress.com Brotha Wolf

      Just as I thought. I predicted it, and here you are, running another topic down while with your narrow-minded, sheltered, morally absent bullshit.

      Typical whiteness.

      • Derrick Thompson

        I guess if it was up to Katherine Blacks should just take the abuse and keep quiet afterall in America “Rights” only belong to Whites!

        • http://brothawolf.wordpress.com Brotha Wolf

          Yeah. It’s no use trying to invoke a response from her. She’s too chicken to do so.